Sunday, 30 May 2010

update from the acreage

another week , another update

its all growing in the summer house

- some of the seeds have got bigger and have had to be re-potted

the bigger ones moved up to even bigger pots

and the ones after that have moved house and into the garden

meanwhile in the acreage the potatoes hve burst forth - and are doing well
the peas are doing that well i had to re-stake them
the cauli and broccolli are recovering but getting there
some thing is eating the cabbage and has finished eating the carrots
but i have noticed that since the potatoes came through proper what ever has been eating stuff has calmed down

so all doing well and the garden borders are all getting filled up with plants that we have grown ourselves

maybe not as good as shop bought plants but there is a sense of satisfaction when you have done it for yourself

nothing exiting at work lately but i did have a wander up to inverness and back-its been a while since i was up there last and i had forgotten what a really spectacular drive that is

if you ever get chance you should do it the A9 from Perth to Inverness is some of the best scenery you will ever get to see - it really is straight out of a geology text book - glaciated valleys with huge boulders strwn accross the landscape just left where the melting ice left them - you really do get the impession that this is a landsape still being formed around you
i probably shouldnt have told you all as too many tourists would spoil the sheer tranquility of it all - so keep it quiet now but add it to the list of things to do before you die

Sunday, 23 May 2010

out and about and back on the acreage

well its all growing now
some stuff is growing well and others have died a death

generally all is well and the garden is looking better for it

the weather has started to improve and we are able to spend more time in the garden so we are having to put the effort in to make it a nice place to spend time

if you look carefully you can see the veg is starting to make an appearance - fingers crossed

the lettuce in the mini green house is no more as the ants have eaten it all -any ideas on that ??-

i have planted some more in the summer house and am going to grow it in there in growbags on the stageing and see if that works

lots going on in the summer house and things are getting big enough to move to bigger pots or even go outside and in to the garden

under the stageing you can see a box full of pots - we got these from a garage sale we went to - i asked the price and they said if i wanted them i could just take them as they were being thrown out - result !!

they are good pots and after i cleaned them up i am putting them to good use

- next time i am looking for planters and mini trellis - heres hopeing !!

been out and about with the kids and looked about at a few car boots and garage sales so on the way back we called in at the local school fun day and they had a go on the go karts

they both seemed to enjoy that so job well done me thinks !!

ok gotta go back to work again its sunday again no rest for the wicked etc.
i will try and be quicker with the blogging if i get time so dont hold your breath but you never know.........

Sunday, 2 May 2010

todays flower and other growing stuff

do you remmember that blue flower i was on about the other week - well this is what it turns into when grown
no idea what it is or what it is called but it grows every year and looks good so we keep it

please feel free to click on it to blow it up as it looks really good in detail

that advice goes for all my pictures this week as they all contain some thing worth looking at - for a change

this is the back garden at the moment and as you can see things are really starting to come up now - the main thing of note is the much larger acreage this year with a wall around it and the stupid looking but very effective orange fence

why the fence ? - i had just transferred the seedlings from the green house into the acreage and planted them in nice neat rows when the daft dog decided it would have a dump in this nice area and then decided to re-dig it over for me

i didn't have the 12 bore to hand so have had to come up with an effective method of dog proofing it for now

here is what is growing in the green house

on the left these are sweetpeas and are only just starting

on the right is the spare broccoli and cauli just in case - the rest are in the acreage

as you can see the grow bags are in allready but not planted yet as the tomatoes and peppers etc are not ready yet

<- here are the tomatoes and pepper

they are getting there but not quite big enough to plant just yet

here it is the new and improved acreage

you will need to click on this one to blow it up and if you do you will see all that is there

there are peas,carrots,cabbage,potatoes,broccoli and cauliflower

if you look carefully at that soil you can see it is a good mixture this year as i have been lucky enough to find some good quality organic farmyard manure that is well rotted and almost dry to the touch

well heres to a good growing season and lets see what survives this year - i have planted more stuff than ever this year and there is more stuff still in packets ready to plant - i just don't have enough space to try all of it